The newly opened Savannah Children’s Museum  is a wonderful open-air playground fantastic for exploring and creative play and is a great addition to Savannah, GA’s children’s scene.

The museum is located on the premises of the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, which makes it a perfect two-for ticket if you have time to spend. Memberships are very affordable and allow you to bring up to five individuals with every visit. If you have a family with multiple young children, joining is a no-brainer. You’ll begin saving money on your second visit. After that, it’s like free admission the rest of the year.

The museum is very much still in-development, with at least two additional areas slated for later phases. The renderings for the upcoming boat and marsh play areas look stunning; but we’re disappointed that they probably won’t be completed before our daughter is too old for the attractions. Still, what is there now is definitely worth your time and money.

The currently open section is called Exploration Station and was built thanks in large part to a generous donation from Newman’s Own. Everything is outdoors and uncovered, save a small air-conditioned train car, so be sure to put on lots of sunscreen and bring water. The landscaping is beautiful, with play levels built right into the ruins of the old train depot. Exposed bricks, beams and ironwork are everywhere. The top level has a water table, musical instruments and blocks stations. The second level expands into a huge play-scape with a maze, playground, book nook, dress-up area, more blocks and oversized board games.

To complement the brightly colored vinyl and plastic of the toys and slides of Exploration Station, the area is surrounded with lush plantings of flowers and an edible garden. There are misters installed to help cool off on the hot Savannah summer days. Outside the museum entrance, there is a covered pavilion and child-sized train, perfect for a picnic lunch.

Be sure to check the museum’s Twitter account before you visit, as they post current hours and, when necessary, early closings due to storms or heat advisories.

And now, Jason playing with blocks: